Tornadoes in New England aren’t common, especially ones that leave behind a lot of damage. But yesterday a series of twisters ripped through western Massachusetts, killing three people. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports
Just before four in the afternoon yesterday, forty four year old Marisol Mendez was standing on her porch in the south end of Springfield when she saw a huge black cloud clamp down from above. Her first reaction? Capture it on her cell phone camera. But then she dashed inside into a closet. Her hand clutching the door knob fighting the wind:
There’s been a growing demand for local food. But getting the food from the farm to consumers can take a lot of time and effort. WNPR’s Nancy Cohen reports on one business that’s trying to fill that niche.
The restaurant at the Copper Beach Inn in Ivoryton has set a big goal for itself. 90% of the food it serves this summer will be local
So, the state legislative session’s about to end, and we’ve got a balanced budget, and all is right with the world - right?
Judging by his press conference with reporters yesterday, Governor Dannel Malloy thinks there’s still work to be done. He told state workers that if they don’t ratify the concessions package he’s hoping with plug the budget hole - there will be layoffs. Lots more than the 4700 that were already threatened.
The legislative session ends next Wednesday, June 8, and there are dozens of bills that lawmakers have yet to take up. One bill that has bi-partisan support this year is a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports
The General Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill in 2007 only to see then-Governor Jodi Rell veto it. This year's proposal is similar; the bill would allow patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to obtain a prescription for small amounts of marijuana for palliative use.
A series of tornadoes ripped through the Springfield, Massachusetts area yesterday afternoon, tearing off roots, uprooting trees, scattering debris and leaving at least four dead. We talked to WNPR's Nancy Cohen who was live at the scene.
As new trees take root in ample plots of grass by the Westville cemetery, others down Route 63 are being “entombed” in concrete “coffins” that, in the eyes of one urban forester, will ensure their lives are nasty, brutish and short.
Chris Ozyck, greenspace manager for the Urban Resources Initiative (URI), made that appraisal during a recent trip down Whalley Avenue.
He started first by the Westville Cemetery, where URI put 40 new oaks and crabapples into the ground three weeks ago. Those trees are destined for long healthy lives, he said.
The story is familiar from the work of Charles Dickens. A young person with little means is placed under the care of a family member who in turns sells or trades the young person to a man who is up to no good.
At their height, they were "living the dream, looking impeccable and flawless to a fault." They began as four girls from the projects of Detroit who just loved to sing - four girls who were desperate to get on the road. In The Supremes, Mark Ribowsky charts the rise of the most successful female singing group of all time - the first "girl-group" ever to make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - as well as the ruthlessness that fed their breakup.